The Evolution of Texting in Cinema

Back in 2008, I made a feature film called THE LIONSHARE. It was about how people relate to each other through technology and media. What’s interesting is that the further we get away from it, the more the movie becomes an artifact of its time.

Think about it. 2008. iPhones weren’t everywhere. There was no Facebook chat. And when there was, you did it on your computer. (In the movie, Google Chat is the messaging app of choice, which I guess is still used widely today, but if I were to make the movie now I’d probably rely more on iMessage texts.)

Electronic communication is a difficult thing to represent. Tony Zhou of Every Frame a Painting has made a video depicting the evolution of texting in film and TV. Check it out: